Networking transformed my business and
it can for you too.
One thing I wish I had done more of in the early years of entrepreurship, is networking. I struggled with getting out to events on a regular basis for years, even though I knew what a powerful tool it was. There are so many benefits that come from networking, like community support, increased brand visibility, the inspiration that comes from seeing others making it happen and of course, the magical power of word of mouth referrals cannot be underestimated. Yet, it remains quite intimidating.
For this months blog post, I have something new and fun to share with you. Wardrobe consultant and personal stylist, Tamara Mainardi has generously added her expert advice to each of the networking ninja tips I have included in this blog post.
These networking tips are especially great for you if you:
Six ninja tips to turn your networking efforts into
long lasting business relationships
Networking Ninja Tip #1 – Respect the balance of having two ears + one mouth
Two Ears + One Mouth Etiquette 101
After 30 years of interviewing 1000’s of people from all walks of life, Oprah says that all of us simply want to be seen, feel heard and to know that we matter. Networking is about building trust and relationships; don’t be a Larry Loud Mouth. People remember the way you made them feel, not what you said.
Tamara’s Style Tip #1
Pick out an outfit a few days before the event. Making sure that your clothing fits & you feel your most confident.
Networking Ninja Tip #2 – Be a connector
If you aren’t familiar with BNI and you are looking to grow your business, find a chapter near you. If you live in the Vancouver, BC area, let me know and I would be happy to invite you as a visitor to my chapter. Helping people out and being generous comes back to you. As you give, you shall receive.
Tamara’s Style Tip #2
Wear something that is eye catching, example: bold prints, patterns or colours, fun shoes or a great pair of chandelier earrings. If you’re not one to be a conversation starter, wearing pieces that help to break the ice so that people will start to talk to you!
Networking Ninja Tip #3 – Follow up
Now that you have made a meaningful connection, ask them what their favorite mode of communication is then follow-up on it within 24 hours. Connect on LinkedIn whenever possible.
Tamara’s Style Tip #3
Don’t forget to have fun with picking out your outfit! You want to be sure to select an outfit that best represents you, your brand and your personality.
Make a plan to network and book it into your calendar. Writing things down makes it real and we already learned that planning ahead doubles and even triples our change of success. You can find loads of events on MeetUp.com or Facebook.
In conclusion, networking is a sure-fire way to plant seeds and cultivate new business relationships. As an ambivert, I understand how frightening it can be. Being an entrepreneur is living in a perpetual state of leaping beyond your comfort zone. You’ve totally got this!
Onwards + upwards,
your Coach, Lisa 👊🌻
your Stylist, Tamara 👜🙋♀️